Music at Crosfields is an important subject in the curriculum as it plays a significant role in the development of a child’s social, emotional and intellectual well being.
Music provides us with creative challenges, aesthetic appreciation as well as giving us opportunities for self-expression and self discovery.
It teaches skills and promotes values that are important tools for life; self-discipline through practice, dedication, teamwork and self-confidence. It is a common theory that playing an instrument or being involved in music can improve intelligence. The skills acquired can be transferred to a child’s academic work making music a vital component of a child’s education. Music can open doors socially not just in school but in organisations outside and can give a child a passion and interest for life. It is a subject that enriches our lives, touches the soul and stirs emotions. “It is the universal language of mankind” which “binds us together with invisible threads.”
From Nursery to Year 8 every child has the opportunity and the platform to be involved in music making whether it be through performing, singing, composing or just listening and appraising music. Music is available to everyone as any child can join a choir, learn an instrument or be part of an ensemble. Our schemes of work are based around the National Curriculum, with topics selected to enable all to succeed as inclusivity is at the heart of our thinking. Differentiated work for gifted and talented is available to ensure that everyone is stretched and challenged. The Senior pupils use Cubase and MuseScore to enhance their understanding of music technology.
As well as our educational programme, we offer further musical training in our extra curricular activities. These are for all ages so that the very young get used to the expectations and the discipline needed to become a good musician. The popularity of these, particularly our choirs show that the pupils at Crosfields want to be committed team players who enjoy their music making and want to succeed. All age groups have exciting opportunities to perform in concerts, productions and events both in and outside of school.
Individual practical examinations are encouraged with Associated Board and Trinity held each term at school. Last academic year, our exam results averaged an impressive 125 marks with many gaining distinctions. The Associated Board Exams are regulated and sit within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with each grade awarded credit points. QCF levels give an indication of the difficulty and QCF credits give an indication of the size of the qualification – or how long it takes to achieve. Students with ABRSM qualifications at Grades 6 to 8 benefit from UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service) points which can be used as part of a university or college application in the UK. (http://gb.abrsm.org/de/our-exams/information-and-regulations/exam-accreditation-and-ucas-points/) We currently have children who are playing beyond their years in terms of standards and who play for regional and national orchestras.